I was born on Sunday 13 July 1947 and have lived all these years and just found out people fear the number 13. Nine times in my life my birthday has fallen on “FRIDAY the 13th” I would say that the number 13 has been lucky for me! Now that I ponder on it, I can remember many buildings in Boston that had no 13th floor, now a lot of those were less than 12 stories tall, and that kinda’ made sense. But the really tall buildings didn’t have them either. Are people really serious about this fear in the year 2010? Do they shun ladders, black cats and broken mirrors? I’ll Google it and see what they say. I didn’t know there were web sites covering this fear, here’s what they’ll help you with.
• complications of Triskaidekaphobia
• Hidden causes of Triskaidekaphobia
• Associated conditions for Triskaidekaphobia
• Risk factors for Triskaidekaphobia
If you fear Friday the 13th that’s called, paraskevidekatriaphobia or better yet, friggatriskaidekaphobia, I gleaned this from Wikipedia (hey, that’s where Google sent me). But my question is who was it that had such a fear of this number; that they felt required to coin 3 huge words, that I can’t pronounce, to cover this dreadful malady? Should the Center for Disease Control get involved? Or should they bring Jason out of retirement and make a new movie “Friday the 13th Part 43; “Jason goes on Social Security.” I think my parents suffered from it, but then they had to raise me, it’s was required by law! I’m so glad I was not affected with this fear, or my birthdays really would have been no fun at all. It would be as bad as having your birthday fall on February 29, every leap year. If my birthday had been that I’d only be 15.75 years old. Or the person born on Christmas day, and has to share the birthday with the Lord, and loses out on the extra presents every year.
Luckily this dreaded ailment in not rampant here in the Philippines, here it’s called spectraphobia or fear of ghosts. This is real here; as I’ve watched my wife and daughters close the curtains on every window every night for countless years, when I asked why years ago, I was told it was to keep the “White Lady” (read ghost) out of the house at night. I asked; “What if the white lady was already in the house, wouldn’t we be trapping her/it inside all night?” (I wanted the breeze) That question caused head scratching that lasted for days. They even went to a local Doctor Wag-wag (my wife’s spelling) to get the answer, which was never conveyed to me, but the curtains are still closed every night!
The only Phobia that I suffer from is “Lackabeeraphobia” it can be quite debilitating, and I’d wish it upon no one, ever my best enemy (worst enemy just never made sense to me). The reason I waited until now to submit this vice July, is twofold; we just had a Friday the 13th this August, and I didn’t want anybody to feel obligated to send me cases of SMB’s on my birthday last July. Although it would have helped with my lackabeeraphobia! Maybe next year?